The smartphone explosion is nothing new to even the most casual observer in the U.S., but in 2014 it became a global phenomenon, according to mobile networking company Ericsson.
A little statistical analysis on a Friday never hurt anyone, right? OK, maybe it’s not your thing but Horace Dediu is great at it. And his graph illustrates why 180 million Apple iPhones could be used in the U.S. by 2017.
Smartphones will expand rapidly into the developing world, according to Ericsson, not only because devices will become cheaper. Cheaper data plan options and the economic benefits of mobile internet connectivity will help drive their proliferation.
According to a new report from Chetan Sharma Consulting, the US has reached 50 percent smartphone penetration. The big operators may be leading the charge toward more sophisticated OS-driven devices, but smaller operators and the growing prepaid market is making a contribution as well.
Aided by the launch of the iPhone 4S, the number of U.S. smartphones embedded with mobile broadband connectivity jumped in 2011, increasing from 6 percent of at the end of 2010 to 35 percent by the close of the year, according to the NPD Group.